"You're Crazy Professor...But It Might Just Work!"

"You're Crazy Professor...But It Might Just Work!"

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November 11, 2019 8 min

Some questions I have been asked about relationship break ups. Also, if you cannot get over a break up, does it mean you're a 'Crazy Ex Girlfriend'? Is there a “normal” length of time to get over a break-up? Why do some people find it harder than others to get over a relationship ending? Does your general mental health have anything to do with it? How much does the circumstances in which a relationship ends contribut... Read more

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September 7, 2019 3 min

End of series bonus track



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September 3, 2019 34 min

After his arrest in February 2005, Dennis Rader immediately confessed to being the BTK serial murderer who had killed 10 people in the Wichita area of Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. This is the third look at the BTK case for this podcast.

Rader’s ready admission to being behind those murders, and to also being a prolific prowler, stalker and house-breaker, led to many observers of the case hastily labelling him a psyc... Read more

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August 26, 2019 9 min

There seems to have been a recent development in online animal cruelty, where various influencers and a broader cohort of ordinary social media users, seem to be willing to engage in animal cruelty and then post up footage of their animals and pets receiving what could most charitably be described by some as tough love, or deliberate mistreatment by others. Such cruelty is still viewed by psychologists as severe warning sign... Read more

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August 21, 2019 24 min

In this podcast I want to ask if there is any scope for using clinical hypnosis in the modern working world as a way to help us all improve our lives, overcome any difficulties we may have, and to generally change our behaviours towards the more healthy and happy. If it works, why are we not using it more? In this age of mindfulness and mental heath first aid, there has never been a netter time to explore this form of psychologi... Read more

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July 30, 2019 20 min

On the evening of Friday 22nd July 2016, there was a multiple casualty and fatality shooting at the Olympia Shopping Mall in Munich. Eighteen year-old David Ali Sonboly, German born from parents of Iranian descent, opened fire on teenagers in a McDonald's restaurant before shooting at bystanders in the street outside and then in the mall itself. Nine people were killed and a further thirty-six others were injured. The role o... Read more

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July 23, 2019 11 min

Ive been thinking about teeth this week . . .



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July 16, 2019 47 min

This episode and the next will look at the crimes of the BTK and establish the timeline of the offences as well as what was happening in the rest of the life of the BTK at the time of these known killings. I have studied the BTK case for almost a decade and have co-authored articles about BTK and taken part in documentaries about these crimes. The approach taken here is to look closely at the known offences of the BTK with a vie... Read more

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July 8, 2019 14 min

Here are my top ten pointers for what to do if you’ve just had a career setback. Perhaps you went for a promotion and didn’t get the job; perhaps somebody else was appointed over you; perhaps you’ve even been demoted to a lower position. Perhaps the failure was something of your own doing - you underperformed - you messed up - or you failed to do the job people expected of you. Perhaps you got caught with your fingers in the til... Read more

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This episode looks at a very important part of the BTK serial murder story - asking why FBI criminal profilers were unable to identify and stop the BTK murders, given how much they knew about his crime scene behaviours and subsequent communications with him. To understand this aspect, we need to take a deeper look at criminal profiling and the apparent flaws within. 



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June 20, 2019 4 min

Our victorian ancestors had a simple premise about working and the new industrialisation they faced. They saw the value of eight of hours work; eight hours of leisure; and eight hours of rest in a day. Working is good for people, but should not take up the majority of the day. Victorians saw this when going through the industrial revolution, but we seem to have missed this point with the digital revolution.



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June 18, 2019 27 min

The cleaning industry is facing a problem. Those who do the cleaning work in society are marginalised. Because of negative perceptions of the cleaning profession among young people, the cleaning industry has a recruitment shortage. The way organisations and companies treat their cleaners results in a retention problem for the industry also. If we do not make cleaning a better job to have, and acknowledge the importance of cleane... Read more

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June 16, 2019 22 min

The Golden Gate Bridge is the largest single site of suicidal deaths in the world (outside of the Aokighara Forest in Japan). Over one thousand people have ended their lives at this bridge, and this is currently at a rate of one death every thirteen days. Will a 'suicide deterrant-net' underneath the bridge help reduce suicides at this location? I don't think it will.



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June 12, 2019 9 min

The idea of getting prisoners to work more and to pay restitution to their victims comes and goes. Getting prisoners to work as part of vocational rehabilitation is good, but the risk of health effects and the hazards from the dirty jobs they may be given could be a huge problem.



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June 10, 2019 20 min

Over 600 days since the Mandalay Bay Mass Shooting, which was the most deadly mass shooting in US history, the reason and motive behind the killer's actions are still not understood. Looking deeper into the case and the background of the killer, there is another possible theory that may explain what happened...



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June 9, 2019 13 min

Work is vital to our health. However, not all work is good and healthy. We can make workplaces healthier for workers. There are moral and legal imperatives behind this. A fiduciary imperative is also that good worker health is good for business. 



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June 7, 2019 10 min

We have a problem with Social Media - it's no longer kind. Many people on Reality TV shows are vulnerable in different ways, and trolling them online is a new low. Can't we do a bit better than this?



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June 5, 2019 47 min

Take a new and closer look at Dirty Harry (1971), a movie that was overlooked and has been criticised for being a conservative gun-toting dumb action movie. This is a movie that is much smarter and more subtle than critics give it credit for.



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